NJDA Awards Nutrition Program Grant To 8 Elizabeth Public Schools

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ELIZABETH – The New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) has awarded eight Elizabeth public schools a grant to participate in their Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for the 2011-2012 school year. Only 101 schools throughout the state were chosen to participate in this nutrition program.

The goals of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program are to increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption, create healthier schools, promote wellness, and change children’s diets to impact their future health.

The schools that will be participating in the program are Winfield Scott School No. 2; Elmora School No. 12; Benjamin Franklin School No. 13; Abraham Lincoln School No. 14; Madison-Monroe School No. 16; Victor Mravlag School No. 21; William F. Halloran School No. 22; and Frances C. Smith Early Childhood Center School No. 50.

Some of the many varieties of fruits and vegetables that will be served are pineapples, broccoli, avocados, string beans, figs, tangerines, passion fruit, and cherries. These healthy fruits and vegetables will be served daily to students as healthy snack options.

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program is also seen as an important catalyst for change in efforts to combat childhood obesity by helping children learn healthier eating habits. This program introduces school children to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to taste.

Superintendent of Schools Pablo Muñoz commented, “We are excited to have been chosen by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture to participate in this program to promote wellness through good nutrition. We want our students to embrace these healthy eating habits and share them with their families to encourage better nutrition for everyone in the Elizabeth Public Schools community.”

For further information on Elizabeth Public Schools, visit www.epsnj.org.

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